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Hypertext and software patents

While I was visiting my family in the UK recently, I went through some old paperwork. One of the documents was my undergraduate dissertation from 1989⁄1990. My project was to build a graphical hypertext browser and editor which could link existing text files. I’d been experimenting with hypertext on and off since the mid 80s, when I had learned about it from Ted Nelson’s book “Dream Machines”. My browser used a two-pane interface resembling a frameset, with links in a list on the right of the document being viewed.…

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